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Don't panic. Who do you want to be?

The University Council has elected to bestow this honour on Hannah Gadsby for her outstanding work of as an international ambassador for the lives of all LGBTIQ+ people world-wide, and her profound impact on contemporary popular culture, especially given her Tasmanian upbringing and the unique interweaving of Tasmania into her work and stories.

In 1998 Ms Hannah Gadsby studied at the University of Tasmania. She is now an internationally renowned comedian, actor, and ‘closet art scholar.’ Her ground-breaking stand-up show, Nanette, ran for 18 months through 2017 and 2018 to sold-out houses across Australia and in London, Edinburgh, New York and Los Angeles. It won the 2017 Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and, when it was launched on Netflix in June 2018, became the most widely discussed comedy special in years. In it, Gadsby deconstructs stand-up comedy from the inside out, while simultaneously shining an unflinching light upon homophobia, sexism, violence, and misogyny – all pertaining to her own lived experience.

Analyses and commentary on the show and on the impact Gadsby had and continues to have on informing national and international conversations on such matters have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, The Guardian and Rolling Stone, among others. Truly Hannah Gadsby can be described as an international ambassador for the lives of all LGBTIQ+ people world-wide. But of crucial importance for Gadsby’s work is the fact that she was born in Smithton and grew up in regional Tasmania. Never does she let her audience forget that she is Tasmanian while she single-handedly changes the art form that is comedy, to enact a profound impact on contemporary popular culture.

In 2014 ABC TV aired a three-part series called Hannah Gadsby’s Oz. Drawing on her studies in art history, in this series Gadsby travelled across Australia “on a mission to debunk the myths of the Australian identity as defined by Australian art.” She was in search of a more inclusive national identity, which proved elusive. Nonetheless, along the way Gadsby gently yet incisively revealed to the viewers, in her words, “a dream Oz; a forgery made up of myth and ignorance.”

In all her work, Hannah is intent on helping to humanise the human race, which means helping all of us to acknowledge painful truths while never giving up on the possibility of healing – and whether that healing comes from laughter or from anger is an open question.

Morty Resets His Life

Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

Roiland voices the eponymous characters, with Chris ParnellSpencer Grammer and Sarah Chalke voicing the rest of the family. The series originated from an animated short parody film of Back to the Future, created by Roiland for Channel 101, a short film festival co-founded by Harmon. The series has been acclaimed by critics for its originality, creativity and humor.

FROM: NUNO LOPES TO: YOU

Diz o Nuno: Sendo actor e dj tentei criar uma playlist visual de alguns dos meus momentos favoritos em que a música se aliou ao acting ou à performance (sobretudo humorística). Algo eclético e, espero, divertido. Do pianista Stefano Bollani (que afirma ter aprendido a tocar o “Fur Elise” de ouvido num disco riscado) aos maranhenses Fundo de Quintal OFC numa louca versão funk do “Ameno” dos Era. Espero que se divirtam.

Leading Lady Parts

This comedy short, written and directed by Jessica Swale, takes a sneak peek backstage as the cream of British acting talent step forward to audition for that dream role. They are primed to take on the role of a lifetime, that complex woman, the strong woman, a woman for today. A lady part who is more than just... lady parts.

The eclectic, award-winning cast includes Gemma Arterton, Gemma Chan, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Katie Leung, Stacy Martin, Wunmi Mosaku, Florence Pugh, Catherine Tate and Anthony Welsh.

The hear her campaign aims to give free reign and the opportunity for normally unheard women from across the UK to tell their stories and give their opinions on all matters ‘women’. It aims to elevate these honest and uncensored opinions to make them un-ignorable.

The Galaxy Song

The song, which is the title track to “Monty Python – The Meaning of Live”, was originally written for the 1983 film, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”. It has been re-recorded with the lyrics sung by Professor Stephen Hawking.

Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the song is an intricate and informative lecture on the enormity of the Universe fashioned into a bewitching and, above all, highly amusing pop song.

“Galaxy Song” was previously included on the 1989 album “Monty Python Sings”, and included in the 2014 reissue of the album, “Monty Python Sings (again)”, in its original form - sung by Eric Idle - to coincide with Monty Python’s record breaking “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go” run of 10 live shows at The O2, London. On film during the live shows, Professor Brian Cox berated the scientific inaccuracy of the “Galaxy Song » lyrics before Professor Stephen Hawking knocked him to the ground. Hawking then began reciting the “Galaxy Song” lyrics as he lifted off to journey through outer space. It is this unique rendition of “Galaxy Song” which is now available as a single.